Ragdoll
Perth, WA

“Merges the swagger of the Seventies, the anthemic melodies of the mid-Eighties and the sonic intensity of modern times.” 

Classic Rock Magazine

"If you want it done, do it yourself" sums up the the ethos of Australian power trio Ragdoll,  who have taken their singular brand of hard rock from Perth, the world's most isolated capital city, to some of the biggest stages in the world. 

 

Led by the powerhouse vocals of Ryan Rafferty and backed by Leon Todd on guitar and Cam Barrett on drums, Ragdoll burst onto the international scene with their 2012 release Here Today and and an appearance at the renowned Rocklahoma festival in the USA, which quickly drew comparisons to classic power trios King's X, Rush and Trapeze.

2013's "All I Want Is Everything" and 2014's "Ragdoll Rewound", in addition to a gruelling touring schedule through the USA and Australia, saw Ragdoll refine their sound in a modern rock direction. Support slots with Seether, Skid Row and Uriah Heep expanded their audience and saw them expand their appeal beyond the traditional melodic hard rock market, all as a self funded an self managed act.

2016's full length "Back to Zero" was simultaneously heavier and more melodic, drawing positive reviews at home and from the USA and EU. "Back to Zero" drew comparisons to Whitesnake, Alice in Chains and Shinedown. "Back to Zero" saw the band undertake their most extensive tour to date, spanning the USA, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Australia.

 

2017 saw the band follow up their successful 2016 with a tour of Australia's East Coast and support slots with Sebastian bach and Trapt (USA), as well as releasing a special edition double LP edition of back to Zero. 2018 saw Ragdoll open for Aussie rock legends Rose Tattoo as part of special Bon Scott memorial concert, as well as American hard rock act Saliva. Ragdoll is currently deep into the recording process for the highly anticipated follow up to "Back to Zero".

"Essential isn’t too big an accolade to hang on this. You need it and the world needs more bands like Ragdoll." 

- The Rock Pit

Leon Plays

EBMM Stingray

PRS SC245

Ryan Plays

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